Monday, September 19, 2016

Preachers, Chickens, and Service, September 19, 2016

So this week has been great! So many fun things we have done and transfers are today so lots of fun!

First off we had this experience that was pretty awesome. We were riding our bikes on a bike trail and this guy was running and reading a book so we stopped him to ask what was so important to him to read. It was a study book for his seminary in the bible to become a preacher.
We then talked to him about what that entails and how long he's been in it etc. etc. We were kind of iffy because I had yet to have a pleasant conversation with a preacher of any kind but maybe this guy was different. He asked what we believed and who we were and we told him.
He was like "oh yeah I know who you are! I really respect your dedication to the work!" We asked if he had ever had the chance to read the Book of Mormon and he said he didn't want to but he knew what it was about, he then gave an actually very honest and correct background on the Book of Mormon! He didn't bash it or anything he just said he believes differently but can respect it. We were pretty astonished, he asked us to give him the 3 minute version of our message so we shared the restoration and then had a great discussion on beliefs and doctrine. No bashing or anything just very cool conversation and respect for one another. Funny thing was is he explained how we believe differently about the trinity and said they are all one being, then explained how they are three completely separate beings based on the bible, and then ended the thing with, "but they are all one and not separate." We were so confused at how people can be confused on it when they literally explain them as three different beings! Pretty funny. But he was very nice and we actually were able to share some things he didn't know about and was interested in hearing. We left him a card on the articles of faith and away we went. He friended us on Facebook later that day without us even saying we had one. Was way cool!

Dallas Daze

So this week we were coming out of an appointment from a complex and see this walking around the complex in the middle of the city.  
We found out from the management as we were coming out and asked why there was this chicken is the complex. The chicken belongs to the management office. Who would have thought?!! 🐔🐔🐔🐔

We did a lot of service this week and by the way this is how the bathroom looked before that we were remodeling (sorry we are in the way) And here is after with a little bit of things left to do.
Pretty big change! (See pictures)

I leave you with my testimony that this church is the only true church of Jesus Christ! That personal revelation is real and it comes in many forms, lately a lot I have had it come from the Book of Mormon. That book is the word of God. Read it, read it again, read some more, then read it through again. Pray the whole way and you will know that it is true. What joy can be found in repentance! I testify that repentance brings joy and any pain of the process is swallowed up in the joy you will have! It's Satan that wants you to wait, that wants you to hide, repent quickly and receive the spirit that "you may always retain a remission of your sins!" There is so much liberation, so much freedom, and so much happiness in repentance. We aren't here to suffer, we can have joy in this life through the gospel of Jesus Christ. I want that clear that I invited all who read this to repent quickly and find new life in Christ! Why wait to stop the suffering!? Let yourself have joy, let yourself be refined, let yourself be healed through our savior. I promise it is there and that his atonement is waiting. Discover new life in Him. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Hiatt.